Malam Wada Maida, Buhari’s former press secretary, Chairman, Board of Directors of the News Agency of Nigeria, is dead.
One of his family members, Lawal Sale Maida, who confirmed this to the NAN, said that Maida on Monday died in Abuja at 70.
Malam Wada Maida, former Editor-in-Chief and later Managing Director of NAN, was one of the pioneer editors of the agency and served at different times as its Regional Editor in Kaduna, Political Editor and London Correspondent.
He was Chief Press Secretary to Muhammadu Buhari during the period at which he became military Head of State in December 1983, and then also returned to NAN in 1985 to become its Editor-in-Chief for eight years.
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From Katsina State, Maida was appointed NAN Managing Director in 1994 and was there for nine years before he in 2003.
Until his death, Maida was a member of the Executive Board of the International Press Institute and also a shareholder of Media Trust Limited.
NAN Acting Managing Director, Mr Dele Ojo, while reacting to Maida’s death, he said: “It is difficult to believe this news. It is very devastating. God knows best,” Ojo said in a telephone interview.